Background

enRoute has won hundreds of awards for editorial, art direction, photography and more. Through our sponsorship of the CBC Literary Awards and our annual roundup of Canada’s best new restaurants, enRoute is a strong supporter of emerging Canadian talent. In October 2011, we relaunched with a new design and editorial direction.

Who are we? enRoute is a travel magazine with a Canadian perspective that speaks to an international readership. The magazine is read by over 1 million travellers a month and can be found in the seat pockets of Air Canada aircraft and in Maple Leaf™ Lounges and select Star Alliance™ lounges around the world. It is also distributed at more than 100 upscale outlets across Canada (hotels, boutiques, health clubs, restaurants and lounges). We are a source for the on-the-go, global reader of up-to-the-minute and thought-provoking information – on everything from wine and design to popular science and pop music. Think of enRoute as a trusted friend who enthusiastically shares those travel finds we all collect along the way. You should know more about the world and be inspired to travel after picking up an issue.

What makes an enRoute story? We engage our audience through intelligent writing, insight, humour and spot-on service. Our stories exemplify narrative journalism at its best, exploring the world through first-hand, highly experiential pieces. We look for articles with unique, unexpected angles and for subjects that will remain fresh during our four-to-six-month lead time. enRoute commissions travel stories that focus on everything from food and drink, wellness, design and architecture to style, arts and culture, technology, social trends and sports.

How do you pitch us?

  • Before you pitch, read some back issues so you can tell us which section or department you’re targeting.
  • Outline your story idea and your approach, writing your query in the same tone that you’re proposing for your piece. Please make it specific, with a strong sense of place rather than a travel-guide-style roundup of attractions (restaurants, shopping, hotels, etc.). Why should enRoute publish your story? Why should you write it? And why now?
  • A few important factors to keep in mind: The location you pitch should be an Air Canada destination or on a Star Alliance™ route; time-sensitive events (such as festivals) don’t work with our longer lead times.
  • Your pitch needs to fit on one printed page. If you’re attaching a Word document, please paste the content in the body of the e-mail as well.
  • We ask that you limit your queries to two pitches per e-mail and one e-mail per month. Please send your ideas to one editor only.
  • We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts or writing on spec.
  • Outlining your idea in a one-page e-mail is sufficient.
  • We assume you’re pitching an original story idea and not pitching the same idea to several publications simultaneously. Let us know if this is not the case.
  • Editorial and art function separately, so please don’t pitch photo essays with rich captions or attach any images with your story idea.
  • If you’re a photographer/visual artist, you can contact our art department at info@enroutemag.net.
  • We do not accept verbal/phone queries (for your own intellectual property protection).
  • We do not accept queries from PR writers or related professions – only from journalists with no vested interests in the stories they query.
  • Our policy is to reply in writing within 30 days, but due to the number of queries we receive, that’s not always possible. Please be patient. If you haven’t heard back from us in a month, accept our sincere thanks and feel free to query other publications.


Editorial formats and departments

All enRoute stories strive to show our readers why they should be interested in a particular subject or trend – and why now.

Passport Our front-of-book section is a roundup of short pieces on global travel lifestyle finds. Subject areas include food and drink; city guides recommended by Canadians living abroad as well as city roundups with high and low budget options curated by locals; Q&As with captains of industry and travel one on ones with international tastemakers. If you are a star packer who’s taking off soon, we’d love to hear from you. And we also accept pitches with a travel bent about style and design, wellness, grooming and other themes that tie into the travel lifestyle.

Getaway This insider’s guide to a destination within two hours driving time of a major North American urban centre (and Air Canada destination) highlights the best local activities, restaurants, accommodations and more that can be experienced over a weekend. Each getaway has a theme to tie all the elements together, such as taking in Quebec’s fall colours during a Quick Trip to Sutton.
(450 words)

Short features These pieces aim to get beneath the surface of a place; they are a close look at a unique happening in a specific corner of the world (the German cuisine invasion in New York, for example) or a snapshot of a place that captures a travel moment (such as a love letter to Tucson’s Hotel Congress). Please note that these stories should be based on first-hand experiences you’ve recently had. (200 to 550 words)

Long travel features
This broader-based look at a city or region has an original and unexpected angle that goes beyond typical local colour; we are not a travel guide. These pieces strive for a strong sense of place and authenticity and should be focused around a theme – not merely presented as a straight chronological journey or travelogue. (1,200 to 1,700 words)

Please e-mail editorial queries to pitch@enroutemag.net